Building Your Support System: A Crucial Aspect of Your Recovery

Building Your Support System: A Crucial Aspect of Your Recovery

Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

When we embark on the journey of recovery, we are entering a path with unknowns. There will be so many areas for trial and error, and we have to find ways to continue pushing ourselves despite the obstacles we encounter. Recovery isn’t an easy process – it takes a lot of time and dedication, but it’s always worth it, because people find that their much happier and healthier than they ever were before. Recovery brings about a sense of clarity that follows periods of growth, and just as we find in life, we need the support of others to get us there.

A 2016 study published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory explained that those in recovery often undergo a sense of social identity transition – social connections change and a person begins to see themselves in a different light than they did before. Humans are inherently social beings, and it’s this sense of belonging and community that drives us to make some of the most transformative changes in our lives. From now on, you want to surround yourself with people who believe in you and lift you up – people who support your recovery goals.

As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) emphasizes, there are a number of people who may become part of your support system:

–       Health care providers

–       Friends and family

–       Colleagues

–       Addiction recovery advocates

–       Therapists

–       Peers in recovery

–       And more

As you explore what recovery means to you, it’s these connections that will help shape your journey and guide you through the ups and downs that you’ll experience. We all need someone to lean on – to confide in, to receive encouragement from, and to share our experiences with. As you continue working on your recovery, open your heart more and more to those around you who want to uplift the journey you’re on.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

References

http://shura.shu.ac.uk/10842/1/Best%20-%20Social%20Identity%20Model%20of%20Recovery_main%20doc%20ART_final%20revision.pdf
https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery
Kimberly James
kimberly@beachhousetreatment.com

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.